‘True Detective’ Season 2: Colin Farrell in Talks; Taylor Kitsch Being Eyed

Published 5 months ago by , Updated July 12th, 2014 at 8:16 am,

true detective season 2 colin farrell True Detective Season 2: Colin Farrell in Talks; Taylor Kitsch Being Eyed

We just barely reported on HBO programming president Michael Lombardo having said that he expects True Detective season two casting news to arrive something over the forthcoming week – now we have the next best thing to an official announcement. Multiples sites are reporting that Colin Farrell is deep in talks to play the lead character in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s high art/neo-Noir hybrid series, while Taylor Kitsch is said to be a front-runner for one of the three remaining “central roles.”

Farrell, according to The Wrap, is near to reaching a deal that will see him portray True Detective season two’s “older male lead” - a role that apparently requires someone who can play “rugged and gritty,” while serving as the anchor for the anthology series’ next installment. Even less is known about the “young male lead” that Kitsch is in the running for, though the actor is believed to have an edge over the other rumored contenders, such as Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy).

Now, although Farrell’s name doesn’t guarantee a decent box office turnout (few do nowadays…), he’s recently found his niche as a character actor – having done fine work in such intimate dramas and/or non-mainstream films as Cassandra’s Dream, In Bruges, Ondine, Seven Psychopaths, and Saving Mr. Banks, while also turning in memorable performances in more commercial fare such as Horrible Bosses and Fright Night – among other movies, that is.

Similarly, the recent push to make Kitsch a bankable action star went nowhere fast (after John Carter and Battleship under-performed), but the Friday Night Lights alum is now back to doing fine dramatic work in such projects as the true-story war movie Lone Survivor and HBO’s multiple Emmy-nominated AIDS drama The Normal Heart. That is to say: both Farrell and Kitsch read as being fine choices, to lead the way in Pizzolatto’s next deeply-philosphical character study by way of crime/cop tropes.

true detective taylor kitsch True Detective Season 2: Colin Farrell in Talks; Taylor Kitsch Being Eyed

Jim Parsons and Taylor Kitsch in ‘The Normal Heart’

As for the plot of True Detective season two – that’s an unsolved mystery for now. Pizzolatto has said that the story is set in California, but he recently back-tracked on his prior claim that this season will deal with “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” It also seems that of the remaining “central” roles to be filled (assuming Farrell and Kitsch sign on, that is), at least one of them is a woman – the role that Jessica Chastain was considered for.

California has, of course, proven to be a good backdrop for many a noteworthy Noir-influenced drama released in the past (Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, etc.), so there are plenty of promising directions in which Pizzolatto may choose to go on this next season of True Detective. No matter what route the show ultimately takes, though, it ought to have little trouble attracting the cream of the crop in directors for season two (after the entirety of season one was overseen by filmmaker Cary Fukunaga).

We’ll let you know who signs on for True Detective season two (cast members and directors alike) when we do.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. No Taylor!! Please!!

    • Say what you want to about Taylor Kitsch, and I have, after seeing Lone Survivor I think there is still hope for him.

      • Yeah I think Kitsch would be perfect for this. He got a bad rep after those failed blockbusters, but he is a really good actor in my book. I can’t wait for this pairing, keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. I still think Kitsch is a bankable action star… Just with the right movie.(Though Battleship’s box office was low.. HELLO it came out WHILE Avengers was in theaters)
    I thought it was a great (not necessarily plot line) but summer movie. Dumb summer fun. Not to mention with only using bits of the board game I thought making the ‘pegs’ as the weapon of the aliens was a cool idea, Loved those Wheel saws I’ve watched Battleship more than I have Avengers.

    • Except that almost everyone (with a handful of exceptions, yourself included) saw Battleship as a woefully poor movie with terrible script, bad acting and explosions to impress the easily pleased. Basically, the Michael Bay school of movie making.

      Saying that, I don’t mind if Taylor and Colin lead the new cast.

      • Count me as one of those exceptions, I thought Battleship was a fun movie, which I can watch multiple times and still enjoy. I never thought Battleship was meant to be taken serious, and that alone, has helped me enjoy the movie many times over.

  3. I welcomed Collin Farrell news to be added and pairing him wit Taylor makes it a curious recipe. If they sign on, it will be interesting to see the end result.

  4. Miami Vice – Never forget.

  5. Tigerland – Always Remember.

  6. Just watched In Bruges last night, looove that movie so Farrel being a lead in TD would be awesome.

  7. Farrell has become much improved since his meteoric rise early in his career. I often cite his cameo in Crazy Heart as his turnaround, though many of his non-US films have provided stronger performances that’ve led to better roles in Hollywood. He still strikes me as someone who’s holding back, so I’d be eager to see him tackle a role that last longer than two hours.

    As for Taylor Kitsch, he’s still deserving of a break. Lone Survivor showed he could be low key. I think he was tossed headlong into blockbusters before he was ready. Still, after McConaughey and Harrelson, this team-up could feel like the “Vance & Coy” era of The Dukes of Hazzard. If audiences are willing to accept the season for what it is, there might be hope for this ensemble.

  8. I’m so on board with this idea. They are both underrated, and maybe this will help both ‘jumpstart’ there careers.

  9. I’ve yet to start watching season 1, and I fully intend to, but what doesn’t sit well with me is that this show seems to be more about the “big-time” movie stars who star in it than the actual stories. I couldn’t give a flying f**k who’s gonna be cast! all I care about is the story. Season 1 better blow me away…… I’m just saying.

  10. Even though Colin Farrell wasn’t making Rom-Com after Rom-Com like McConaughey once was the perception of his career wasn’t much different.
    What I mean is that everyone always thought he had talent, he was just choosing bad roles.
    Only recently has he started to choose better stuff so of course better roles are coming and he’s finally carving out a better career for himself.

    So I’d be all for him staring in season 2. Even though my hopes were for Jake Gyllenhaal.

  11. From Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson to Colin Farrell & Taylor Kitsch???

    I could not think of a worse downgrade if I tried. If I were asked to pick the two worst actors to play the detectives in season two both Farrell & Kitsch would be on my list. I’m sorry HBO but this is just an awful choice if true. You’d be better off casting two unknowns than these two.

    Furthermore, talk about going from the penthouse to the basement in one season. Yes, we were spoiled with McConaughey & Harrelson but at least meet us halfway! It’s not even fair to Farrell & Kitsch to be put in the position to fill those shoes.

    Talk about comparing ice cream to horse manure.

    • The worst, really? Me thinks thou has overblowneth thyself.

    • Colin Farrell is to acting, what karate is to martial arts. Yea, it’s effective, kind of. But, who gives a crap.

  12. Wow that really, really sucks…..

  13. I think Farrell has the ability to pull off a good performance with the right material like the article stated. McConaughy has been on a roll lately with his performances, but it was not long ago when he was the go-to guy for the rom-coms. Kitsch I think is in that weird place between attempted action star push that failed and becoming a well-rounded and respected actor.If the material is as solid as the first season then the two proposed actors might be able to pull it off.